AUDIO: Gillespie Brags About Trump Ties As Trump Hits Rock-Bottom in VA

Just as a new Washington Post-Schar School poll shows just 36 percent of Virginia voters approve of Donald Trump – and a majority strongly disapprove – Ed Gillespie has been busy further aligning himself with Trump.

In a recent interview on conservative radio, former lobbyist Gillespie bragged about his close ties to the Trump administration, claiming he has “a lot of friends, obviously, working in this administration – in the White House.”  He also came out in favor of a Trump-like hard line immigration policy, pledging to deny DREAMers access to in-state tuition, making it harder for Virginia students to get ahead.

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American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie has closely tied himself to the Trump administration, supporting him at nearly every turn. But Gillespie’s lobbyist friends in the White House can’t save him from Donald Trump’s sinking ship of collusion, chaos, and backwards policies that will hurt Virginians’ pocketbooks. […]

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Constituents Demand GOP Reps. & Sens. Back Independent Commission on Trump/Russia Scandal

Voters are heading to town hall events across the country to demand their members of Congress support an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. The demands follow Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, a transparently political maneuver designed to obstruct the Bureau’s ongoing investigation. 

Voters want to know: As Congress heads back into session this week, will their Representative take a stand against Trump’s abuses of power and endorse an independent commission or special prosecutor?

Iowa

Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01)

WATCH: “Are you [inaudible] to call for an independent counsel? [Applause].”

WATCH: “Real simple question for you: today, at 4:30, Donald J. Trump fired the director of the FBI. I want you to tell me, will you help [inaudible] voice the need for a special prosecutor? [Applause].”

Michigan

Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)

WATCH: “All have questions relating […]

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Gillespie in Panic Mode

Following the Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Debate at Liberty University, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement:

“Ed Gillespie was in panic mode as he was pummeled by his opponents for his swampy lobbying career. But despite his desperation, he offered up the same disastrous ideas as President Trump: huge tax cuts for the wealthy and cruel policies to young Virginians seeking an education. Clearly, the campaign trail is getting to him.”

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Gillespie’s No Good, Very Bad Week in Review

What a week it’s been for Ed Gillespie.

Gillespie finally admitted that he’d support any of the Republican candidates for Governor, even if it’s Corey Stewart – who calls himself the “Trump before Trump.” The same Corey Stewart who recently used a pejorative term in a public forum that leaders in his own party condemned as “racist” and only used by white supremacists. Last week, he admitted they share the same values.

But it didn’t end there. Gillespie was praised by a known hate group. Tony Perkins of The Family Research Council applauded Gillespie’s inflammatory comments supporting the discriminatory, so-called bathroom bill in North Carolina, a bill which could cost North Carolina more than $3.76 billion over the next dozen years, according to the AP. Gillespie said he’d support […]

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Ed Gillespie Admits He Shares Principles With Corey Stewart

This week, when asked how he’d unify his party in the wake of political attacks from his Republican primary opponents, Ed Gillespie said, “I’m running on conservative principles that we share.” Ed Gillespie knows exactly what he’s doing. From opposing women’s control over their own health care to supporting laws that violate civil liberties and encourage racial profiling, Gillespie and Corey Stewart are two peas in a pod.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement, “Ed Gillespie is fooling no one. Gillespie and Stewart shares the same dangerously divisive policies that would pit Virginians against each other. Virginians deserve a governor that will work on behalf of everyone, not promote hateful policies that will make their lives harder.”

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GILLESPIE: “Well I think people realize the stakes of this election are very, very high. I have not, uh, you know launched any of the kinds of attacks against my opponents […]

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Gillespie Cozies Up to Trump, Endorses A Year Out From VA Gov’s Race

Everyone is getting brought into the fold of the #EventuallyTrump Party…and among them, Ed Gillespie, former RNC Chair and Virginia gubernatorial candidate.

While other GOP candidates in tough races this year are avoiding endorsing their presumptive party nominee, Gillespie thinks he’s getting a head start for his governor’s race in 2017 by embracing Trump now.

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The New Tea Party Cavalry Riding Into Washington

The Republican Party rode a Koch-fuelled wave to victory in elections around the country this week, but don’t let them fool you: nothing about their extreme, Tea Party agenda has changed. The GOP has not moderated itself. It has not rid itself of “gaffe-prone” candidates. It has not adopted a milder, more palatable stance on key policy issues that impact the lives of women, immigrants, or working families. And the proof is in the pudding. A quick scan of some of the newest members of the House shows just how extreme this latest crop of Tea Party Republican members of Congress truly are.

From Georgia to Maine, Virginia to Wisconsin, Illinois to Iowa, extreme Tea Party Republicans have been elected to seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Take Glenn Grothman in Wisconsin’s 6th District to start. We’ve already detailed the long list of Grothman’s greatest extreme hits, but as a quick refresher, the Congressman-elect has: proselytized about the “war on men,” fought for a seven-day workweek, and proposed a law to formally consider single parenthood a contributing factor to child abuse.

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Breaking: Koch Industries’ Outsourcing and Job Loss

In a recent television advertisement Koch Industries touted the growth of the company to create “60,000 American jobs.” The true story paints a picture of Koch Industries’ long history of job losses and outsourcing, resulting in nearly 3,000 American jobs sent overseas.

Outsourcing

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a federal job training program that provides assistance to workers who lose their jobs as a result of competing foreign imports or direct outsourcing.  An analysis of TAA cases, news articles, shipping records, and layoff notices revealed examples of outsourcing at 13 Koch Industries facilities, and potential outsourcing at additional facilities.

  • In 2003, Koch laid off 150 employees at a KoSa plant in Shelby, North Carolina.  In 2004, the Department of Labor certified that a portion of 150 employees who had been laid off at a plant in Shelby, NC, were eligible for TAA as a result of outsourcing to Mexico.  Former employees at the Shelby facility later filed suit against Koch claiming that the company pushed workers to, according to a former worker, “leave gracefully” or “be victims of downsizing.” (Source)
  • In 2004, Koch outsourced 175 jobs from an Invista plant to Mexico, less than a month after purchasing the plant. Koch Industries had promised to retain all employees.  In late 2006 and early 2007 more workers jobs were outsourced to Mexico, as detailed by the US Court of International Trade. (Sources 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • In 2004, some 35 workers were laid off at an Invista plant in Athens, Georgia.  In 2006, they were certified eligible for TAA because of outsourcing to Mexico. In 2008, the plant laid off an additional, 50 employees. (Source)
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Dave “No Questions” Brat to Hold “News Conference”

Since Tea Party prince Dave Brat did the unthinkable and dethroned Majority Leader Eric Cantor, he’s been hard to get a hold of. In fact, he actually shot a text message to the Associated Press saying he wasn’t doing any public appearances. That might cut it for a teenager who isn’t coming home for dinner, but Dave Brat is running for the United States Congress.

Well Brat is putting an end to his disappearing act this morning. He’s putting on what his campaign is calling a “news conference.” We’re just trying to figure out what makes something a news conference when you announce in advance you won’t take any questions…

Then again, it’s understandable. The last time Brat tried to take a question, the economics professor didn’t “have a well-formed response” to whether we should abolish the minimum wage, though as Chuck Todd pointed out, getting rid of the minimum wage certainly seemed to be the argument Brat was making.

So the world will have to wait for Dave Brat to answer questions on his plans to slash social security and education funding. But hey, he’s answered one important question already: Is the Tea Party dead? Far from it. Watch:

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